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Genomic sequencing used to track syphilis outbreaks in Melbourne’s suburbs – ABC News

Scientists are using genomic sequencing technology, like that used to tackle COVID-19 clusters, to track worsening syphilis outbreaks in Melbourne’s suburbs.

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Scientists are using genomic sequencing technology, like that used to tackle COVID-19 clusters, to track worsening syphilis outbreaks in Melbourne’s suburbs.
Key points:

  • Doctors are particularly concerned by a rise in the infection among women of reproductive age
  • There has been an increase in people presenting with ocular syphilis, which can lead to vision loss or blindness
  • It is hoped the genomic tracking will help target prevention and diagnosis

Doctors and specialists have reported a dramatic rise in…

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